Issues

The Bible and Money

What does the Bible have to say about poverty and wealth?

BIBLE-NT-intro

The Bible has a lot to say about money and its use; about a healthy attitude to wealth; and about our duty towards people in poverty.

Passages from the Old Testament

A book in the Old Testament called Proverbs contains lots of wise sayings on all kinds of life issues, including the subject of wealth, for example:

“Don’t make me either rich or poor, just give me enough food for each day. If I have too much, I might reject you (God) and say “I don’t know the Lord”. If I am poor, I might steal and disgrace the Name of my God. ” (Proverbs 30:8 – 9)

Evidently there are dangers of both wealth and poverty. Whatever people have, they have a responsibility to use their resources wisely. The Bible is clear that his people should use part of their wealth to provide for the poor, as this is God’s work being carried out by his people.

“When you give to the poor, it is like lending to the Lord and the Lord will pay you back”. (Proverbs 19:17)

One way the Bible shows how this could be done was by farmers allowing people to glean in their fields. This meant leaving grain, for example, at the edges of their fields to give poorer people opportunity to take for free. The Bible also sets out guidelines for cancelling people’s debts every 50 years and allowing people to start afresh. This was known as a year of Jubilee (Leviticus 25:10).

Passages from the New Testament

The teaching of the New Testament lays down other additional principles (ways of living) for followers of Christ and there are illustrations of how these were worked out in the Acts and Letters (epistles).

Jesus often spoke about money. He warned that money had the power to take over people’s hearts and become an idol – something that takes God’s place in a person’s life (Matthew 6: 24). He taught that people should remember the poor in the most practical way possible. Some key passages of Jesus’ teaching include:

The Bible shows that the first Christians were generous with their money and possessions. You can read about it in Acts 4: 32 – 37.

Bookmark

Related Items

Believer’s Blog: Living in an Unjust World

'What do justice and mercy really look like?'

  • Issues
  • Text
logoijm

Believer’s Blog: Living in an Unjust World

'What do justice and mercy really look like?'

  • Issues
  • Text

In our guest blog, our friends from the International Justice Mission offer their thoughts on the world’s biggest problems – and how they are trying to solve them. “According to the United Nations, 4 billion people worldwide live outside the protection of the law. That means their […]

Tearfund – Christian Charity

What is Tearfund's vision and purpose?

  • People
  • Video

Tearfund – Christian Charity

What is Tearfund's vision and purpose?

  • People
  • Video

Tearfund claims that it is passionate about ending poverty and according to their website they are ‘working through local churches to unlock people’s potential and helping them to discover that the answer to poverty is within themselves. When disasters strike, we respond quickly. We won’t […]

Big Issues – homelessness

What is a Christian response to homelessness?

  • Issues
  • Video
wildgoose

Big Issues – homelessness

What is a Christian response to homelessness?

  • Issues
  • Video

Homelessness is an increasing issue in the UK with an estimated 185,000 people a year now affected. But what should a Christian response be to this ever growing social issue? One Christian charity has decided to tackle the issue head on. This film looks at […]

Big Issues – Poverty

What should be the Christian response to poverty?

  • Issues
  • Video
tearfund

Big Issues – Poverty

What should be the Christian response to poverty?

  • Issues
  • Video

Is it right that any family goes to bed hungry? For many people around the world this is a terrible reality. Yet is there anything that can be done to help and what is the Christian response to such poverty? Do Christians have a responsibility […]

Maria Aparecida Mendes da Silva, 44 collects what little water remains from a hole in a dried out river bed.

Tearfund – a Christian response to poverty and need.

  • Issues
  • Video gallery

The first of these films looks at the work and vision of Tearfund and answers such questions as: What does Tearfund hope to achieve through its work? How does Tearfund work in local communities? What is Tearfund’s view of poverty? The second film explores a […]

Jesus’ teaching – prayer

What did Jesus teach about prayer?

  • Jesus
  • Video
Screen Shot 2013-06-12 at 08.14.51

Jesus’ teaching – prayer

What did Jesus teach about prayer?

  • Jesus
  • Video

Watch the film to find out what Jesus taught about prayer, and how we can talk to God as we would a close friend.

Jesus’ teaching – worry

What did Jesus teach about worry?

  • Jesus
  • Video
Screen Shot 2013-06-12 at 08.11.10

Jesus’ teaching – worry

What did Jesus teach about worry?

  • Jesus
  • Video

Watch the film to find out what Jesus taught about worry, and God providing for us the things we need if we trust Him to.

Lazarus and the Rich Man – Meeting the needs of others

What did Jesus teach about looking after others?

  • Jesus
  • Text
03_RichMan_Lazarus_JPEG_1024

Lazarus and the Rich Man – Meeting the needs of others

What did Jesus teach about looking after others?

  • Jesus
  • Text

Have you ever given money to charity? Maybe you’ve bought the Big Issue or given to someone busking in the street? Perhaps you chose to give in other ways? Jesus told a story about a rich man and a begger called Lazarus. In fact it’s […]

The Sermon on the Mount – Riches and Posessions

What did Jesus say about money?

  • Jesus
  • Text
JESUS-TEACHING-money

The Sermon on the Mount – Riches and Posessions

What did Jesus say about money?

  • Jesus
  • Text

Money, you can’t live with it and you can’t live without it. Money is a necessary part of life. We all need money and most of us would like at least a little extra money for those special treats. But when we become so focused […]

The Sermon on the Mount – The Law

What should our attitude to the law be?

  • Jesus
  • Text
10_Jesus_Teaching_1024

The Sermon on the Mount – The Law

What should our attitude to the law be?

  • Jesus
  • Text

Ever listened to a lecture or a speech or even a sermon? What was it like? Did you enjoy it? When we read “The Sermon on the Mount” at first glance it can seem like a long sermon or lecture. And yet this was like no other […]

The Sermon on the Mount – Introduction

What did Jesus say about the way to live?

  • Jesus
  • Text
Jesus Teaching_29

The Sermon on the Mount – Introduction

What did Jesus say about the way to live?

  • Jesus
  • Text

The teaching of Jesus that has come to be known as the Sermon on the Mount, is recorded in the gospel of Matthew and similar teaching can also be found in Luke’s gospel. Both gospel accounts have this teaching  happening early in Jesus’ public ministry. It contains […]

Compassion International

What motivates a Christian to fight against poverty?

  • People
  • Video
Compassion

Compassion International

What motivates a Christian to fight against poverty?

  • People
  • Video

Wess Stafford a President and CEO of Compassion International and an advocate for children. Stafford is the author of two books, Too Small to Ignore and Just a Minute as well as the host of the daily national radio feature, Speak Up With Compassion®. Compassion […]

Poverty – facing the issues

How can we tackle the injustice of poverty at the very root?

  • Issues
  • Video gallery
Wess

Poverty – facing the issues

How can we tackle the injustice of poverty at the very root?

  • Issues
  • Video gallery

What is poverty? Is there a Christian response to poverty? Why is poverty such an important issue to tackle? What can we do to help combat the injustice of poverty? Wess Stafford is the former President and CEO of Christian charity Compassion International. He is the author […]

  • People
  • Text
GCM city

Real Heroes – David Nasmith and the Glasgow City Mission

How did this amazing work begin?

  • People
  • Text

                                             David Nasmith grew up in Glasgow and at the age of 15, he was one of the founders of ‘Youths’ Societies.’  The aim […]

Glasgow City Mission

When a person's world falls apart where can they find help?

  • People
  • Video
GCM

Glasgow City Mission

When a person's world falls apart where can they find help?

  • People
  • Video

Glasgow City Mission is the world’s first City Mission. Since 1826, it has been showing Christian care to vulnerable adults and children by fighting against poverty and disadvantage in Glasgow. At the heart of Glasgow City Mission is a holistic approach to caring for the […]

Reflections

Discover what Christians believe about different issues

  • Issues
  • Video gallery
Reflections Remix

Reflections

Discover what Christians believe about different issues

  • Issues
  • Video gallery

In these films Christians from many different backgrounds discuss from firsthand experience key ethical issues as well as exploring what impact their views have on their own lives. The issues covered are: 1. The environment 2. Crime 3. Alcohol & Drugs 4. Ethics 5. IVF 6. […]

Giving

What does the Bible say about giving?

  • Life
  • Text
LIFE-HOWCWORSHIP-GIVING

Giving

What does the Bible say about giving?

  • Life
  • Text

The Bible has a lot to say about giving. Not only is it an act of worship for God, it is very practical too! Jesus taught that the greatest commandment was to ‘Love God… and love your neighbour as yourself’ (Matthew 22:37-38). One way of […]

Saint Lawrence

The man who kept on giving

  • People
  • Video
St Lawrence

Saint Lawrence

The man who kept on giving

  • People
  • Video

Rev. Richard Bromley explains about the Patron Saint of Cooks, who knew what real treasure really was.

Drugs and the Bible

Is the Bible for or against drug use?

  • Issues
  • Text
ISSUES-DRUGS&ALC-DRUGS

Drugs and the Bible

Is the Bible for or against drug use?

  • Issues
  • Text

Although there are no references to drugs (other than alcohol), the Bible gives important lifestyle guidelines. Christians believe that God asks us to live a life that is pleasing to him. St Paul tells Christians to leave behind their old habits and ways and live a […]

Women and the Bible

Is the Bible sexist?

  • Issues
  • Text
ISSUES-PREJUDICE-WOMEN-BIBLE

Women and the Bible

Is the Bible sexist?

  • Issues
  • Text

The role of women throughout history has been an interesting and controversial phenomenon, not least in the history of the church. However, despite often having been used as a tool for oppressing women over the centuries, the Bible has many positive things to say about […]

Prejudice

What's the issue?

  • Issues
  • Text
1024px-Martin_Luther_King_Jr_NYWTS_4

Prejudice

What's the issue?

  • Issues
  • Text

Britain in the 21st century boasts a diverse population, representing different nationalities and ethnicities, beliefs and values. Technological advances have meant that the world is at our fingertips, waiting to be explored and encountered. Many would agree that increasing diversity and multiculturalism is a positive […]

Nature and the Bible

What does the Bible teach about the world we live in?

  • Issues
  • Text
ISSUES-ENVIRONMENT-BIBLE

Nature and the Bible

What does the Bible teach about the world we live in?

  • Issues
  • Text

The Bible has a lot to say about the natural world, from the famous opening chapters of Genesis to the final words promising a new heaven and a new earth in Revelation. The Bible makes it clear that God created the world, and that His […]

Sex

What do Christians think about sex?

  • Issues
  • Text
holding_hands

Sex

What do Christians think about sex?

  • Issues
  • Text

Every form of life must reproduce in order to survive. Humans, like animals reproduce sexually. In every non-human species that reproduces sexually, sexual activity appears to be purely concerned with reproduction. In humans however, sexual activity is a pleasurable activity in its own right. Humans […]

Jesus’ view of Crime and Punishment

How might Jesus’ example impact a Christian’s view of punishment?

  • Issues
  • Text
ElizabethFry2small

Jesus’ view of Crime and Punishment

How might Jesus’ example impact a Christian’s view of punishment?

  • Issues
  • Text

For Christians, Jesus’ teaching and actions have a huge influence over their perspectives on ethical issues. In the case of punishment, Jesus is repeatedly shown to look beyond what people have done and offer mercy to them. One example is found in John’s gospel. In […]

The Bible and the law

What does the Bible say about crime and punishment?

  • Issues
  • Text
BIBLE-INTRO-book

The Bible and the law

What does the Bible say about crime and punishment?

  • Issues
  • Text

There are many laws written in the Bible. Several Old Testament books are entirely made up of laws for how the ancient Israelites should live together. These cover all kinds of aspects of life – for example, laws relating to the worship of God, to […]

Crime and Punishment – the big questions

What are the ethical considerations around crime and punishment?

  • Issues
  • Text
Hedley

Crime and Punishment – the big questions

What are the ethical considerations around crime and punishment?

  • Issues
  • Text

There are a lot of big questions which open up when you begin to think about the issue of crime and punishment. Possibly the biggest is how to balance the needs of victim, criminal and society as a whole: For the victim: how can they […]

Crime and Punishment

What do Christians believe about crime and punishment?

  • Issues
  • Text
ISSUES-CRIME-CUFFS

Crime and Punishment

What do Christians believe about crime and punishment?

  • Issues
  • Text

Open any newspaper and you will find out about crime. It is something that impacts the lives of hundreds of thousands of people every day and pervades every area of our society. You might read about acts theft – from house burglaries to large scale […]

Alternatives to war

Is there an alternative to war?

  • Issues
  • Text
ISSUES-PEACE&CON-PACIFIST

Alternatives to war

Is there an alternative to war?

  • Issues
  • Text

A pacifist is somebody who is pro-peace and firmly anti-war. Christian pacifists believe that all war is wrong, and refuse to participate in any action that promotes conflict. Many Christians have become pacifists in the last century. This is not only because of their interpretation […]

A Just War

Can war ever be justified?

  • Issues
  • Text
Veterans March Past the Cenotaph London During Remembrance Sunday Service

A Just War

Can war ever be justified?

  • Issues
  • Text

For the first three centuries of the Christian faith, Christianity was a minority belief and had little influence in government. Then there was an important change. The Roman Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of his empire, and church and politics began to mix […]

Jesus and Conflict

Is Jesus for or against conflict?

  • Issues
  • Text
ISSUES-PEACE&CON-ALTERNATIVES

Jesus and Conflict

Is Jesus for or against conflict?

  • Issues
  • Text

For many Christians, the teaching and example of Jesus provides the most important basis for their ethical decisions. So what was his perspective on conflict? Jesus lived through tough political times. In the first century, Israel was occupied by the Romans – a strong and […]

War

Does the Bible support war?

  • Issues
  • Text
ISSUES-PEACE&CON-BIBLEWAR

War

Does the Bible support war?

  • Issues
  • Text

There’s a lot in the Bible on the topic of both peace and conflict. They inform both sides of the debate. Old Testament verses The Ten Commandments were given to the nation of Israel by God. They offer God’s word on living with others. Life […]

Conflict

What is a Christians response to conflict?

  • Issues
  • Text
ISSUES-PEACE&CON-CONFLICT

Conflict

What is a Christians response to conflict?

  • Issues
  • Text

The world around us engages in acts of conflict and aggression all the time. In these situations, we can find ourselves asking: is it ever OK to fight? If so, what makes fighting apparently the best option? Or are there alternatives to warfare when conflict […]

Believer’s Blog: Inside Poverty

'What happened when everything I knew was taken from me.'

  • Issues
  • Text
ISSUES-SUFFERING-POVERTY

Believer’s Blog: Inside Poverty

'What happened when everything I knew was taken from me.'

  • Issues
  • Text

Poverty is much more complicated than just having no money. In our guest blog, Jane shares her reflections of the complexity of the issue, following her encounter with people much less well off. “I worked in Africa with TEARFund, and have also visited India. I […]

Believer’s Blog: When Rich Meets Poor

"How a trip to Eastern Europe changed my life."

  • Issues
  • Text
Issues-poverty-romainia

Believer’s Blog: When Rich Meets Poor

"How a trip to Eastern Europe changed my life."

  • Issues
  • Text

Many Christians have read the Bible’s teaching on their responsibility towards people in extreme poverty and have chosen to get involved on a very practical level. In our guest blog, Ian shares his story of a visit to Romania and how it impacted his attitude […]

Poverty and Wealth

What is a Christian response?

  • Issues
  • Text

Poverty and Wealth

What is a Christian response?

  • Issues
  • Text

The UK is one of the world’s wealthiest nations. It may feel as though money can be tight for us at times, but the fact that so many people own cars, have bank accounts and can readily purchase food – albeit cheap food – from […]

Micah Challenge

How do Christians respond to the challenge of world poverty and injustice?

  • Issues
  • Text
Micah Prayer

Micah Challenge

How do Christians respond to the challenge of world poverty and injustice?

  • Issues
  • Text

The Bible has a lot to say about poverty and justice. One of the main passages is Micah 6:8: “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with […]

Traidcraft – Christian Charity

How does Traidcraft help the poorest of people?

  • People
  • Text
Traidcraft logo

Traidcraft – Christian Charity

How does Traidcraft help the poorest of people?

  • People
  • Text

Traidcraft aims to fight poverty through trade, helping people in developing countries to transform their lives. The organisation was established in 1979 as a Christian response to poverty, and it is the UK’s leading fair trade organisation. Traidcraft run development programmes in some of the poorest […]

Facing the issue: The environment

What do Christians believe about caring for our world?

  • Issues
  • Video gallery
ISSUES-ENVRI-WORLD

Facing the issue: The environment

What do Christians believe about caring for our world?

  • Issues
  • Video gallery

Why is it important to look after the environment? How does a view in a creator God affect how some Christians respond to environmental issues? Christians believe that God created the world and that He created the environment in which we live. God cares for […]

Suffering

What do Christians think about suffering?

  • Issues
  • Video gallery

Suffering

What do Christians think about suffering?

  • Issues
  • Video gallery

Where is God in the midst of pain and suffering? How can a good God allow bad things to happen? If God is all powerful, why doesn’t He just ‘fix’ everything and make the world a perfect place? These questions are perhaps the deepest and […]

St. Francis of Assisi

What was the life of this amazing man like?

  • People
  • Video gallery
St Francis

St. Francis of Assisi

What was the life of this amazing man like?

  • People
  • Video gallery

Many people all over the world and throughout history have chosen to join a movement started by St Francis of Assisi, born in Italy in the 12th Century. Discover more of his story here. What makes him such an inspirational figure?

Holy Orders

What is it like to be a monk, a friar or a nun?

  • Life
  • Video gallery
Frier

Holy Orders

What is it like to be a monk, a friar or a nun?

  • Life
  • Video gallery

Some Christians choose to become monks, friars or nuns. When they do this, they give up their possessions and romantic relationships. They take vows of ‘Poverty’, ‘Chastity’ and ‘Obedience’. This is sometimes known as taking ‘Holy Orders’. Learn more about what it’s like to have […]

Prejudice and the Bible

Is the Bible racist?

  • Issues
  • Text
ISSUES-PREJUDICE-RACISM

Prejudice and the Bible

Is the Bible racist?

  • Issues
  • Text

Jesus was a victim of both religious and racial discrimination. Israel was under occupation by the Roman Empire, causing tension and animosity on both sides. There was hatred between the Jews and their neighbours of mixed race, the Samaritans (i.e. people from a region called […]

Giving

What do Christians think about giving?

  • Life
  • Video

Giving

What do Christians think about giving?

  • Life
  • Video

A good test of how much something or someone means to you is how much you are willing to give for it. You may spend a huge amount of money or effort on a gift for a special person. You may spend all your time […]

Jesus’ Teaching: Prayer

What did Jesus teach about prayer?

  • Jesus
  • Text
JESUS-TEACHING;PRAYER-girl

Jesus’ Teaching: Prayer

What did Jesus teach about prayer?

  • Jesus
  • Text

Prayer is important for Christians, as they believe it is one of the main ways through which our relationship with God can grow deeper. Just as we grow closer to our friends when we spend time with them, so Christians believe that in spending time […]

Jesus’ Teaching: Faith

What did Jesus teach about having faith?

  • Jesus
  • Text
JESUS-TEACHING-FAITH

Jesus’ Teaching: Faith

What did Jesus teach about having faith?

  • Jesus
  • Text

The dictionary states that the definition of faith is complete trust or confidence in someone or something. Jesus had absolute faith in God the Father and encourages people to have the same faith. One day Jesus’ disciples asked him to increase their faith but he […]

The Unforgiving Servant

What does it mean?

  • Jesus
  • Text
Benny the Boss Unforgiving

The Unforgiving Servant

What does it mean?

  • Jesus
  • Text

The parables were stories Jesus used which enabled him to explain his teachings in a way he knew that the people would remember. They were also a means in which he could teach tough principles that were central to the Christian faith. One of these […]

The Lost Son

What does it mean?

  • Jesus
  • Text
JESUS-PARABLE-LOST SON

The Lost Son

What does it mean?

  • Jesus
  • Text

‘The Lost Son’ is the third of a group of Jesus’ parables about the idea of losing and finding. In the first one, a shepherd has a hundred sheep and then goes looking for one who wanders off. In the second one, a woman who […]

Prodigal Lost Son

Parables: The Lost Son

  • Jesus
  • Video

‘The Lost (or Prodigal) Son’ is a very famous parable. It is the last of three parables Jesus tells about ‘lost’ things – first a sheep, then a coin, then finally a child. In the parable, the father represents God. The son represents the people […]

The Good Samaritan

What does it mean?

  • Jesus
  • Text
JESUS-PARABLES-SAMARITAN

The Good Samaritan

What does it mean?

  • Jesus
  • Text

We all have people that we find difficult to love, those we would rather not know or cannot ever say anything good about. Jesus is asked a question “Who is my neighbour?” – that is, whom am I responsible for? He does not give a […]

Parables: The Good Samaritian

  • Jesus
  • Video

One of the most famous parables of Jesus is known as ‘The Good Samaritan’. Samaritans were a group of people living next door to the Jews. (The Jews were the first people to hear Jesus’ story.) The Jews and the Samaritans were enemies and avoided […]

Jesus’ teaching: Money

What did Jesus teach about money and giving?

  • Jesus
  • Text
JESUS-TEACHING-money

Jesus’ teaching: Money

What did Jesus teach about money and giving?

  • Jesus
  • Text

Money. It can do wonderful things and change lives for the better. Equally, it can be a cause of stress, arguments and leave our lives in a mess. Having too much can make you greedy for more, having too little can make you desperate. The […]

Jesus’ teaching

What did Jesus teach people?

  • Jesus
  • Video gallery

Jesus’ teaching

What did Jesus teach people?

  • Jesus
  • Video gallery

Jesus was known as Rabbi or teacher as he taught people a lot about how they should live and the decisions they should make. But what exactly did Jesus teach about: revenge? worry? prayer? giving? These films show Jesus’ core teaching on these important issues.

A member of Youth For Christ
A member country of International Youth For Christ